Marquette Hosts Samford Saturday In Non-League Finale
Dec. 27, 2013
TV Info: FSN | Radio Info: 540 ESPN
The Marquette University men's basketball team (7-5, 0-0 BIG EAST) wraps up the non-conference portion of its 2013-14 campaign Saturday afternoon when the team hosts Samford (5-8, 0-0 Southern) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. FSN will feature the 1 p.m. CT broadcast, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and Kevin O'Neill (analyst) calling the action. Following Saturday's action, MU will open BIG EAST Conference play at Creighton on New Year's Eve. The Golden Eagles and Bluejays will take the court in the final game of a day-long marathon on FOX Sports 1, which features each of the league's 10 programs. Marquette's league home opener is Jan. 4 versus long-time rival DePaul.
MU To Honor All-Time Great Butch Lee
Legendary Marquette guard Butch Lee will be honored at the BMO Harris Bradley Center during the game against Samford on Saturday as part of the NCAA's celebration of the top 75 players from the NCAA tournament's first 75 years.
Lee, who will be in Milwaukee for the first time in several years, will be presented with the NCAA's award during the contest against the Bulldogs.
Lee guided Marquette to its lone NCAA Championship in program history as the 1977 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player. The native Puerto Rican led MU past Charlotte and North Carolina in the Final Four on the way a national title in Al McGuire's final game as head coach.
A career 15.1 point per game scorer, Lee left Marquette as its second leading scorer all-time and currently ranks fifth in program history with 1,735 points. He led the then-Warriors in scoring his final two seasons at Marquette and earned the 1978 Naismith Award as the top player in college basketball.
Seltzer Returns To Marquette On Visiting Bench
Former Marquette assistant coach Bennie Seltzer returns to the BMO Harris Bradley Center for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign and will be on the visiting bench Saturday as head coach of the Samford Bulldogs.
Seltzer is in his second season as mentor of the program after spending four years at Indiana under former MU head coach Tom Crean. Seltzer was in Milwaukee for two campaigns (2006-08) and helped the team to a pair of NCAA tournament appearances and helped develop several players into all-conference performers.
Marquette head coach Buzz Williams and Seltzer were both assistants under Crean in 2007-08.
Marquette's Strong Defensive Effort Continues
Through games of Dec. 26, Marquette continues to rank among the top defensive units in the country.
The Golden Eagles are first in the BIG EAST Conference and 18th in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.382) and also tops in the league in scoring defense (62.7 ppg.), which ranks 27th among 345 NCAA Division I institutions.
Marquette's rebound margin (+7.3) is currently No. 1 in the league and 27th nationally.
Tale Of Two Halves The Story In Loss Against New Mexico
Marquette shot 58.3 percent from the field versus New Mexico in the MGM Grand Showcase in Las Vegas on Dec. 21, while holding the Lobos to just 37.9 percent in the opening stanza.
Despite the significant gap, MU was in possession of just a 37-30 lead at the intermission. UNM turned the tables following the break and knocked down 50.0 percent of its chances from the field, while the Golden Eagles converted on just 36.4 percent of their opportunities.
The result was a 75-68 victory for New Mexico, which was able to turn a nine-point second-half deficit into a seven-point win.